Rom.7:6 We have been released from the law, having died to that by which we were BOUND. Rom.7:14 But I am of flesh (which was) sold into BONDAGE (slavery) to sin. In the former state we find ourselves RELEASED from bondage, but in the latter, we are STILL bound to sin through the law. So the latter is a representation of the problem that existed BEFORE we were released from the law. To be released from the law is to be released from the bondage of it and to it.
Rom.6:22 Now we have been freed from sin and enslaved to God. Yet in 7 we are still in bondage to it. How can people say that chapter 7 follows on from chapter 6 with the same subject of release from law and sanctification by the Spirit?
How can people centre arguments around Paul sinning or not? The fact is that he was explaining how that he had in the past sinned, and the mechanism by which this happened, that it was by the condemnation of the law that we were rendered powerless of will because we were declared GUILTY?
He is describing the power of sin that was gained through LAW, and does not return to any hint of the subject of sanctification until the name of Jesus is mentioned in 7:25 in answer to his (hypothetical) question of WHO will deliver me (from this bondage to sin).
Through this whole chapter from verse 7 on, Paul is discussing how the law KILLED him, and he REMAINS DEAD THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE REST OF THE CHAPTER. Dead in sin YES. Alive in Christ NO. (Paul has died UNDER the law, not TO the law.)
Chapter 7 does NOT follow chapter 6 in progressiveness of spiritual order. ‘WE’ (and Paul) were already alive at the end of chapter 6, but Paul goes back into theoretical bondage again in order to explain why the covenant had to change FROM law, TO grace. [“He has abolished the law”][The law is “the ministry of death”][The law is “the ministry of condemnation”] Christians are NOT UNDER THAT LAW.
Verse 25 is NOT the end of the matter discussed in chapter 7, as many seem to think. To remain with a dualistic nature of a two law scenario, the one being the “law of my mind” which serves God, while the other being the “law of sin”, still stuck in conflict with one another with the law of sin in charge under the law and the “law of his mind” being subservient to it: IS NOT THE VICTORY WHICH JESUS ACHIEVED.
Rom.8:1&2 is the victory, is the end of the law of sin and death. (“Christ is the end of the law for all who believe”).
[The law becomes to us the law of sin and death][“For the sting of death is sin, and the POWER OF SIN is the law”][The totality of Romans 7 is DEATH, there is no LIFE until Romans 8.]